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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, General Science, Higher Education, Physical & Earth Sciences, Technology

Mission: SSP’s mission is to inspire exceptionally talented and motivated high school students to accelerate their intellectual and social development. Our college-level, residential program immerses students in a challenging science curriculum with team-based, hands-on research to solve a central scientific problem. Since 1959, we have created a cultural environment of excellence, collaboration, and creativity, and we push our students beyond anything they have previously experienced. We measure our performance by the number of alumni who look back at SSP as a formative experience and support the program for future generations.

Results: Life-changing!

Target demographics: High school juniors, gifted & talented in math & science.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 72

Geographic areas served: worldwide

Programs: Three campuses: SSP in Astrophysics at Univ. of Colorado Boulder and New Mexico Tech in Socorro. SSP in Biochemistry at Purdue Univ.

Community Stories

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Yining C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP is a unique academic and social experience you won't get anywhere else. I got to know so much about different scientific fields, worked collaboratively on a research, and entered the 55-year-old alumni family of great warmth.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Summer Science Program not only created an amazing academic environment, it also allowed for dozens of life lessons, and everyday gave me the opportunity to see the world in a new perspective. Constantly challenged, I can truly say that this camp changed my life and I am forever grateful for everyone who played a part in my happiness and growth.

James86

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Summer Science Program was a life changing experience for me. I arrived not really knowing what to expect. I had read about all of the work, and quite honestly it freaked me out. But starting day one I knew all of my worries were for absolutely no reason. SSP was the most amazing experience of my life. It brought me together with a great group of people who I believe will be lifelong friends, and helped teach me how to excel especially when struggling through a problem. The only problem I have with SSP is that I wish it had been at least twice as long.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP is where I re-discovered myself. I am a better person now simply from all the people I met and interacted with. I am more certain about my aspirations and more confident in what I want to do now as an individual.

Maddy3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Overall, this was the most amazing academic experience in my entire life. I will never look at science the same way ever again, and nor will I look at my whole life the same. I was a bit bipolar about it once it first ended, but now... I have to say, I never regret learning what I learned, doing what I did, and meeting who I met.

Thank you so much, SSP!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended SSP in 2013 and learned much about the college environment and science research. The teachers and TAs were very helpful, and I learned so much science and math in five and a half weeks. It was very challenging but very rewarding because I finally experienced something that made me think. I made many close friends and it was very sad to see everyone leave on the last day.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP is simply amazing, the experience of a lifetime.

Sachi K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP completely changed my life. I have never viewed the sciences in such a way. The asteroid determination project has truly changed my views on research based sciences. Although the program is academically rigorous, it also emphasizes on the social aspect. I have made many connections within this program that will serve for me in the future. Thank you SSP!

Sawyer B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP is a fantastic summer program. I attended the program in the summer of 2013 and had a very rewarding experience academically and socially. Learning astronomy, physics, programming, and calculus along with 35 fascinating people is challenging and exhilarating. While you might think that SSP's motto "the educational experience of a lifetime" is mere hype, let me assure you that the program lives up to its advertising.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP was a completely life changing coming of age experience. It had given me a maturity,confidence, and friendships that amaze me and will last the rest of my life. There is somethin magical about the experience for almost every SSPer.